Following the reveal of the seventh-generation Subaru Legacy at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Car and Driver reports that a new Outback will debut this year. The Outback is the wagon-crossover version of the Legacy, and will likely share the same platform and powertrains as its sedan counterpart.

The latter is the Subaru Global Platform, which should provide higher rigidity, better handling and improved refinement. Other models like the XV, Impreza, Forester and the Legacy have already adopted the architecture, and it should be no surprise the Outback is next in line.

Given the latest Legacy is offered without a 3.6 litre flat-six engine, the Outback will likely follow suit and receive the sedan’s FA24F 2.4 litre turbo four-cylinder (also used in the Ascent) and FB25DI 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-pot with direct injection. Subaru’s core technologies – Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Lineartronic CVT – will be standard fitments too.

In terms of styling, we should expect a similar approach as before, with a jacked-up Legacy wagon that offers higher ground clearance and body cladding for a more rugged look. The wagon body style will offer increased boot space for a more practical interior, with the rest of it being lifted straight from the new Legacy.

Currently, the fifth-generation Outback is available for purchase in Malaysia, with just a sole 2.5i-S EyeSight variant being offered. Launched in July 2018, the wagon-crossover is powered by a 2.5 litre boxer four-cylinder petrol engine (175 PS and 235 Nm) and is the first Subaru model in the country to come with Subaru’s EyeSight suite of driver assist systems.

GALLERY: 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i-S EyeSight

GALLERY: 2020 Subaru Legacy